While Anna’s away in Amsterdam, I talk with designer Laura Kalbag about Star Trek Into Darkness, how we name our wifi networks and whether location really affects our businesses. We discuss about how to find good sub-contractors and the differences between working for clients direct or via third-parties.
In this week’s episode of the nation’s favourite creative business podcast, I tell bad Dad jokes and Anna doesn’t laugh. We answer listeners’ questions about charging expenses and project assets to clients and when it’s appropriate to charge for ‘learning’ time. We talk about making the transition from a steady job to running a new business and why it’s important never to burn bridges, and how to compete with bargain basement website designers.
I’m struggling to believe it quite frankly, but The CSS Zen Garden was planted ten years ago today. I don’t think we should underestimate the importance of The CSS Zen Garden in the history of the web. Its influence still resonates today. Now it’s back accepting submissions and making some of us feel very old.
Last month I moved off Adobe’s Creative Cloud and back to a ‘boxed’ version of Creative Suite – laughably just in time for Creative Cloud to be the only way to use Adobe applications in the future. One of the casualties of the move was Adobe Edge Inspect, a tool that I have used and liked for testing designs across multiple devices. So today I downloaded Ghostlab and so far it looks promising.
On this week’s Unfinished Business, I mentioned how I ask our clients to name our projects’ shared Dropbox folder so that we don’t end up with dozens of folders called ‘redesign’ or ‘stuff-and-nonsense.’ It turns out I needn’t worry as Dropbox lets you move or rename any folder without breaking sharing.
You can rename or move your shared folders just like you would any other folder on your hard drive or via the website. Even if you rename it, the folder will still remain shared. However, changing the name of the shared folder or its location will not change its name or location in the Dropbox of other members.
I did not know that. Thanks to listener Steven for writing to let me know.
This week on Unfinished Business, Anna and I talk about biscuits and business software. Anna explains how she uses FreeAgent to keep track of her finances and berates me for not trying it. We talk about back-up software and how Stuff and Nonsense use Dropbox to collaborate with clients during projects. I run through my favourite design tools including Gridset and Typecast and no discussion about software would be complete without bemoaning how Adobe are abandoning Fireworks.
I didn’t know about this FRont End Developers’ meet-up in Manchester until I heard on Twitter someone there was discussing the pros and cons of my new beard. Beard talk aside, I’m planning on attending the next McrFRED, whenever it’s happening. (Maybe my beard will go with me.) In the meantime, organiser Simon Owen’s videos from the first event are online now.
Fighting gifs: 125 fighting game backgrounds.
My good friend Dan Davies has begun a series of interviews with designers and developers about their experiences with responsive design in their workflows and the challenges they face. The first two — with James Greenwood and Katherine Cory — are fascinating. What’s particularly interesting is that Dan’s keen to talk with designers and developers who either work in established teams with often hard-set workflows or those who work with smaller budgets.
In this week’s sillier than normal episode of Unfinished Business Anna and I exchange notes on our workplaces and the tools we use, from hardware to software. I get distracted by Mutton Bustin’ (but honestly, who wouldn’t?)
This week on Unfinished Business, Anna and I talk about my trip Tokyo and Hiroshima. I explain why I think everyone should visit Hiroshima at least once and Anna opens her presents with loud rustling. We answer listener questions about weekly working, pricing and invoicing and then discuss whether it&8217;s a good idea to work while on holiday.
My Responsive Web Design workshop at Smashing Magazine is getting closer and some tickets are still available. In the meantime, here are three useful new resources for responsive layout using CSS3:
A year ago I travelled to Oslo in Norway to teach a two day responsive design workshop at FINN. The team there have (obviously) been working hard and yesterday they let me know they’d a new responsive design. It looks great
A really fun site by David Paliwoda and Jesse Williams.
The Stuff and Nonsense nutty boys header is pretty tall and I decided I wanted to reduce its height for small screens, such as phones, in landscape orientation. When I wrote the CSS to make this happen I made some nutty assumptions. In the spirit of sharing our mistakes:
Two shows in one week. Aren’t you the lucky one? While I’m in Japan for two weeks, Anna’s joined by Ashley Baxter, who took over her father’s insurance business at eighteen. They talk about starting young, learning new skills, determination, vision and overcoming fear.
While Anna is en vacance en France, in this week’s episode of Unfinished Business I’m joined by guest co-host, designer Laura Kalbag to talk about mentoring students and how to give them, and other newcomers, valuable commercial project experience. Laura also talks about how best to ask for, and deal with, client feedback while I remember Mickey, the world’s cleverest chimpanzee.